Chhatrasal Museum at Dhubela

Madhya Pradesh Museums
INTRODUCTION
Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum or Dhubela museum means same. It is located in Dhubela Palace of great Bundela ruler Maharaja Chhatrasal (1649-1731). Its name is Maharaja Chhatrasal museum. It is located in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh state. This region is called Bundelkhand region as it was one time country of Bundela Rajputs who ruled bravely for long time in this region. Maharaja Chhatrasal was great Bundela ruler. Museum was inaugurated by Pd. Jawahar Lal Nehru in 12/Sept/1955. It is just 65kms north-west of Khajuraho temples site which is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. While staying at Khajuraho, large number of tourists often undertake excursion tour of Chhatrasal museum. We can also visit this museum while going from Khajuraho to Orchha or Khajuraho to Jhansi or vice versa. Chhatrasal Museum is the largest museum in the State of Madhya Pradesh and showcase precious archeological materials recovered from Bundelkhand and Baghelkhand region.
ABOUT MUSEUM
Maharaja Chhatrasal Museum, also known by the name of Dhubela Museum, is a storehouse of antiques and artifacts, collected from vast Bundelkhand region and from some part of Baghelkhand region. Both the regions share border with eachother. This museum is open for visitors from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It is an Islamic palace-fort now used as a museum in form of under-roof galleries and open-air gallery. Here total 08 galleries are present which includes Inscription gallery, Lalitkala Gallery, Saiva & Shakta Gallery, Jaina Gallery, Vaishnava Gallery, Painting Gallery, Arms & Weapon Gallery and Open air display. The courtyard palace is on the edge of a beautiful lake surrounded by hills, two large mausoleums and other ruins. This museum site is approx. 16 kilometers away from Chhatarpur town, on the Chhatarpur-Nowgaon Highway. Here 02 galleries are dedicated to display inscribed images of Gupta & Kalchuri period, copper plates, Sati Pillars etc. The collection displayed in the museum helps visitors to know more about the great history of Bundelkhand & Baghelkhand region. Here Inscription gallery displays inscriptions from 4th century to 18th century AD inscriptions. These inscriptions are mainly on Supia rock and pillars. In Jaina gallery, we can find the Chandela and Kalchuri period sculptures, collected from Bundelkhand & Baghelkhand region. Among them are Shantinatha, Tirthankara Adinatha etc. In Saiva & Shakta gallery, we will find sculptures like Shiva Linga, Ravana-anugraha, Bhairava, Uma-Maheshwara, Kartikeya, Nandi etc. Yogini images represent the Shakta cult. In Lalitkala Gallery displays various kind of items of ivory, mood, terracotta, metal art items etc. In Vaishnava gallery, we will find sculptures of Lord Vishnu, Surya, Vamana, Parashurama, HAri-HAra-Pitamaha. Their is also a arms gallery in which we can arms collected from Panna, Chhatarpur, Rewa, Chakhari etc. It includes Sword, Shield, Tega, Khadag, Bow & Arrow, Axe, Spear etc. For readers, here library facility is also available with 2300 books on history and Archeology.
MUSEUM TIMING
As per Government website, museum is open for visitors from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Just like other museums of Madhya Pradesh, it also remains CLOSED on Every Monday.
HOW TO REACH
Reaching Dhubela museum by Air :-
The nearest airport to Dhubela museum is at Khajuraho, which is 65 kms away from museum site. Pre-paid taxi services are available fromthe Khajuraho airport to Maharaha Chhatarsal museum.
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Reaching Amarkantak by Train/ Railways :-
The nearest railhead to Amarkantak is Pendra Road at a distance of 17 km from the heart of the city. Anuppur at distance of 48 km from Amarkantak is also convenient for the tourists. Taxi charges are Rs 300 from Pendra Road and Rs 600 from Anuppur.

Reaching Amarkantka by Bus / Roadways :-
There are state owned transport buses from Pendra Road, Shahdol and Bilaspur. Amarkantak is connected by buses to Jabalpur (245 km), Rewa (261 km) and Shahdol (67 km).
 
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